We are back with the final installment in our popular series sharing our picks for the Top Value Restaurants when it comes to using your Disney Dining Plan in Walt Disney World.
Previously, we shared our recommendations for the Recommended Disney Dining Plan Two-Credit Restaurants as well as our choices for Recommended Disney Dining Plan One-Credit Restaurant Values.
Today, we’re sharing our recommendations for Quick Service Restaurants when you’re using the Disney Dining Plan.
Remember — the name of the game here is finding the restaurants that hit the right balance: they have 1) a high average entree price, but they’re also 2) spots that we here at DFB would recommend.
Why is this important? Because we want to help you maximize those Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credits. Note that we have plenty of our own favorites that don’t make this list because the average price didn’t put them at the top.
Here are our picks for the restaurants that give you the best overall bang for your Disney Dining Plan buck when it comes to quick service credit spots.
Wolfgang Puck Express
has been around forever, it seems. But one thing doesn’t change — even after all of these years, it still represents amazing quality and value, whether you’re dining on the DDP or not.
That’s because the food here is easily on par with many table service spots. And when you consider that the average price of an entree here is just over $13, it also makes a lot of sense to spend your DDP credits here.
Looking for a recommendation? You won’t go wrong with their Pizzas, which are prepared in a wood-burning oven.
Peco Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
has long been a favorite of park goers who are looking for sustenance in the wilds of Frontierland. Recently, the busy spot underwent a major menu overhaul. Where once burgers reigned supreme, now you’ll find food with Tex-Mex flair. (But one burger has returned. Whew!)
The number of menu items is fairly small, but all of the plates are loaded! And if you’re using your DDP here, you’ll capitalize on the Quick Service credits, as the average entree price is just over $12.50.
The food will keep you going for hours, too! And with a plethora of toppings available at their legendary Condiment Bar, you can customize your meal and have it just the way you like it.
(Alas, Plastic Cheese continues its absence, so we’ve accepted this change as permanent.)
We all know that Epcot is a great spot when it comes to diverse dining options. But if you’re looking to maximize your quick service credits, be sure to check out Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco Pavilion. Not only is the food seriously interesting, but the atmosphere is lovely as well. Exotic touches like Zellige tile, colored glass, and beautiful light fixtures serve to transport you.
But then, the food! There are some fantastic options here — I mean, how often will you find Lamb on a fast food menu?? This is also a great spot for delicious and out of the ordinary Vegetarian options.
Landscape of Flavors
But what if you’re looking for excellent value in quick service dining at your hotel?
Since it opened, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has been something extra special. With a wide range of signature dishes — more than 25 dinner offerings alone — there’s always something interesting to choose from.
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Try one of their Indian-inspired meals, like Tandoori Chicken.
The Surf and Surf Burger tops the list for many Disney food fans.
But my favorite has to be the Create Your Own Pasta Bar. Choose your Pasta, your Sauce, and your Ingredients, and watch a Disney chef make your custom dish!
It’s the best kind of magic. 🙂
When it comes to Epcot and food, most of the attention goes to the eateries of World Showcase. And many of them are pretty great. But overlooking Sunshine Seasons would definitely be a mistake.
This quick service spot, located in Future World’s Land Pavilion, offers fresh flavors with international flair. Look for Stir Fry options and Spicy Fish Tacos if you’re feeling adventurous. There are always interesting vegetarian options as well.
They’re some of our favorite desserts around!
Be Our Guest Restaurant
And finally, we come to our last recommendation. Yep, you probably aren’t surprised, but we can’t wrap up this list without visiting one of our favorite lunch spots, Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom.
And I say lunch because, as most of you know, Be Our Guest transforms (magic-like) into a table service spot at dinnertime. But for breakfast and lunch, it’s counter service all the way. (However, you do have the option to book advance dining reservations for breakfast and lunch. And for convenience, you can even pre-order your meals up to 30 days in advance.)
Why do we like Be Our Guest, and why do we recommend it pretty much, well, always? A few reasons. First, dinner is not an easy advance dining reservation to land, and taking the opportunity to look around Beast’s Castle in the middle of the day may be just the thing if you’ve struggled to snag a dinner ressie.
But also, just like some of our other favorites, it’s not your typical fast food. You won’t be dining on burgers and dogs. Instead, a French-inspired menu rules at Be Our Guest.
And while my favorite dish, hands down, is the Braised Pork, Coq au Vin Style, other items score a close second. If you’re looking for a hearty sandwich, check out the Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich.
Fans of lighter fare will enjoy the Tuna Niçoise Salad, featuring Seared Tuna, Hard Poached Eggs, Fingerling Potatoes, and Olives atop a bed of Spring Mix.
It’s a truly beautiful plate.
Honorable Mention: Contempo Cafe’s Lobster Roll
But wait! There’s more! We have one last bit of info for you to consider as you plan your DDP Quick Service meals.
We love the the Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for their better than average Sandwiches, Salads, and Flatbreads. Their Pot Roast is swoon-worthy IMO, and don’t even get me started on that Peanut Butter Pie!
But actually, most of their entrees are fairly reasonable…except for their Lobster Roll. At $17.99, this is pretty much the most expensive quick service entree we’ve run across. So if getting your money’s worth is your plan and you’re a lobster lover, then go for it!
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Now, I’m super excited to hear your recommendations! What are Disney Quick Service locations and meals that you feel give you the most for your Disney Dining Plan Credits? Leave a comment and join in the conversation!